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Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

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Could name change spur Texas voter ID issue? Officials say no

While most of the focus on the recently implemented Texas voter ID law has been related to allegations of racial discrimination, some online reports have recently raised concerns that the law could disenfranchise a different demographic: people who have legally changed their names, particularly women. But election officials say the concerns are unwarranted.... Read more»

Bachmann cries wolf

Rep. Michele Bachmann ginned up a bogus doomsday scenario for Republicans in 2014, falsely warning that President Obama would “wave his magic wand” to grant voting rights to newly legalized immigrants if Congress passes an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship.... Read more»


Minority voters aren't anti-government

In his first inaugural address, the Great Communicator Ronald Reagan said that “government is not the solution, government is the problem,” and set out the conservative message that would prevail in Republican circles for the next 30 years.... Read more»

Az officials keep close eye as voting rights case goes to Supreme Court

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears an Alabama challenge to a federal voting-rights law Wednesday, Arizona officials and civil rights activists will be keeping a close eye on the case.... Read more»

Can vote-by-mail fix those long lines at the polls?

When it comes to absentee and mail-in voting, researchers and voting rights advocates aren’t sure the convenience is worth the potential for hundreds of thousands of rejected ballots.... Read more»1

Obama says we need to fix voting lines. But how?

At last week's State of the Union address, Michelle Obama was joined by 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who, like many in Florida and elsewhere, waited hours to vote on Election Day. "By the way," Obama said in his election speech. "We have to fix that." But how to fix it remains unclear.... Read more»

Lawmakers: Election day voter registration would boost participation

Democratic lawmakers say allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day would increase election participation, but some county officials worry that it would further complicate the voting process.... Read more»


At last, a glimmer of hope for undocumented immigrants?

It was not so very long ago that Republican presidential hopefuls were trying to outdo each other in their tough stances on immigration. With proposals ranging from Herman Cain’s electrified border fences to Mitt Romney’s "self-deportation," it seemed that the GOP was intent on demonstrating just how unwelcome undocumented workers were in this country. Then came Nov. 6, and a resounding victory for President Barack Obama. ... Read more»

What effect, if any, did voter ID laws have on the election?

Experts agree that much-assailed voter ID laws were less an issue in this election than limited early voting hours, lengthy ballots and precincts shuttered after Hurricane Sandy. These issues contributed to long wait times, prompting some to simply throw up their hands and give up on voting.... Read more»

Bennett: Nine new cases of voter fraud in Arizona

Using an interstate database, Arizona officials found nine cases of people committing fraud by voting in multiple states during the 2008 general election, Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Tuesday. ... Read more»3

New voting rules make getting Latinos to polls harder than ever

Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Latinos will turn 18 years old. With that many new eligible voters and dramatic population growth expected, Latinos could dominate voting in the Southwest, particularly Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. (with videos)... Read more»3

Strict voter ID laws solve 'a problem that does not exist'

An analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. (with video)... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in GOP, Green Party primaries

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona's Republican and Green Party presidential primaries, which are set for Feb. 28. Early voting begins Feb. 2.... Read more»1


The nonpartisan primary: Is it a game changer?

Can the election system be reshaped to encourage greater moderation? There is no magic bullet but there is reason to believe that some progress could be made by replacing the current system with a nonpartisan blanket primary.... Read more»1

Voter registration deadline Tuesday

Want to have a say on who Tucson's next mayor will be? If you're not registered to vote by midnight Tuesday, you won't get a chance.... Read more»

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